ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has said that private sector was the engine of growth, adding he would like to see it playing a leading role in the country’s overall economic growth.The Prime Minister said this while talking to the office-bearers of the Islamabad Chambers of Commerce and Industry who called on him at the PM’s House on Sunday. The delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry was headed by its Acting President, Asad Fareed and included Shinwari, Vice President, Tariq Sadiq, Munawar Mughal, former President, Abdul Rauf, Muhammad Nasir Khan, Malik Zubair Ahmed, Ejaz Abbasi, former President, Zahid Maqbool, Ch Muzammil Sabir, Shayan Khalid, former Senior Vice President, Khalid Malik, executive members, Zafar Bakhtawari, Ch Khalid Mehmood, member, Ameen-ur-Rehman and Khalid Javed. Aziz Ahmad Bilour, Secretary Industries, Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry, Secretary Petroleum, Dr Samar Mubarak Mand, Member Science and Technology Planning Commission and Arif Alauddin, CEO Alternate Energy Board also attended the meeting. The delegation congratulated Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on his election as the Prime Minister of the country and hoped that challenges would be converted into opportunities under his leadership.The PM said he was committed to ease up the loadshedding in the country as soon as possible and as a matter of fact some improvement has already been felt by the people in the country. The members of the delegation also agreed with the Prime Minister. Raja Ashraf said that the situation would further improve as the hydro-power generation was going to increase due to the considerable improvement in the rivers flow attributed to the monsoon and melting of the glaciers. The Prime Minister said that he was very clear that the development of indigenous sources of energy was absolutely critical for the development of the economy on sustainable basis as the oil based energy costs billion of dollars required for the import of fuel oil.He said that it was his passion to see the development of Thar Coal Project which definitely offered cheap indigenous solution to the energy crisis on permanent basis. This solution will get the country out of the vicious circle of circular debt and also provide enormous fiscal space by saving billion of dollars spent on import of oil and same could be spent to undertake people’s welfare-oriented development projects, he added. The Prime Minister said that Thar Coal held key to the prosperous future of Pakistan and he was determined to see its development. I will soon visit the site of the project being undertaken under the able leadership of Dr. Samar Mubarak Mand pertaining to underground gasification meant for power generation, he said.Raja Ashraf also underscored the importance of exploiting the alternate sources of energy for which there was huge potential in the country.  The Prime minister was apprised by the CEO of Alternate Energy Board, Arif Alauddin that the three projects of windmill would start functioning on experimental basis by the end of this month and by the end of next year will produce 400 mw of electricity through this source.The Prime Minister said that he would soon visit Jhimpir Project by end of this month and see the experimental operation of the power generation turbine through windmill established under the auspices of the Fauji Fertiliser.He also appreciated the industrialists for the adoption of Surface Gasifire Plants to meet their energy requirements for their plants in order to meet their production targets. They are in a way helping the government in a big way because the electricity thus saved would lead to narrow the demand and supply gap proportionately in the national grid, he stated.Raja Ashraf said that he was happy to know that the private sector was also coming fast to produce about 2,000 mw of electricity through biogas, which was again an indigenous source and ,therefore, was worthwhile. He further said that the provincial governments had also embarked upon such projects as there no bar on them to produce electricity.  After the 7th NFC Awards the financial health of the provinces had improved significantly and the federating units should also share this responsibility with the spirit of collective national obligation, the Prime Minister said.